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In Xanadu

The Art of Falling You fall from a horse enough times and you learn how to fall— like snow, rain or love, all goose-down and no elbows. He spooks at a leaf, knocking you sideways, the saddle slips—and well, you…

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Outlaw Applesauce

Outlaw Applesauce

Keep Your Palm Flat A mangle of uneaten apples underneath the McIntosh tree, the most we’ve ever grown. Too many to enjoy, despite my pleas to come pick. We have thousands, when a few would do. Cobblers, pies, sauce, never…

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Onion Fried Eggs

I met David Daniel in 1982 on the streets of Baltimore. What were any of us doing at the time? That day involved a boat, an ex-husband, and a faceless woman we were to hear stories about all day, over…

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Warmer Days

Warmer Days

Some desserts should not be made on an empty stomach. This favorite of my mother's requires you to eat just before preparing it. The only rule: it has to come from a can. My favorite choice was canned peaches, but…

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